• Last Update 2022-08-09 20:18:00

Carcase of large whale shark found at Mullativu Beach


A carcass of a 20 feet long whale shark had been washed ashore at Alampil beach at Mullaitivu.

The fishermen at the Alampil area had informed the Mullativu Assistant Fisheries inspector’s office and the officials of the Department of Wildlife Conservation regarding detection of rare shark carcass.

They suspect that the large shark species which is considered to be the largest fish species within the sea, they added that sightings of these giant sharks is also a rare occurrence.

Fishermen speculated that the shark may have been injured due to getting caught up by Indian fishing trawlers.

The fishermen elaborated that Sri Lankan fishermen are banned from catching whale sharks which are an endangered shark species. They added that whale sharks are known to live around 70 to 100 years.

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